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Industrial Instrumentation

Industrial Instrumentation

Learn the skills to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair process control systems.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available


Major advances in technology in recent years have led to a demand for qualified, multi-skilled technicians for the process and manufacturing industries. This program provides training in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of various pneumatic, electronic and micro-processor-based process control systems, while emphasizing safety and teamwork throughout the program.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Academic Grade 11 Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, chemical plants, steam and power plants, dairies, breweries, mining, manufacturing industries, oceans sector and other research environments.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Instrumentation and Control Technician trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • The shop area is well-equipped with the latest test equipment and a wide variety of measurement, control and analytical instruments. You learn to calibrate and bench test instruments as well as install and maintain them in an actual industrial-type process.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Instrumentation and Control Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
IITN 1000   Physics I
IITN 1004   Industrial Electronic Fundamentals
IITN 1005   Wiring Methods I
IITN 1008   Physics II
IITN 1011   DC Fundamentals
IITN 1012   AC Fundamentals
IITN 1101   Introduction to Instrumentation
IITN 1102   Tools, Fasteners & Fabrication
IITN 2101   Wiring Methods II
IITN 2102   Motor Control
IITN 3006   Control Valves
IITN 3007   Motors
IITN 3104   Introduction to CAD
IITN 3105   Pipefitting and Tube Bending
IITN 3106   Computer Networks
IITN 4104   Analytic Troubleshooting
IITN 4105   Process Measurement I
IITN 4106   Process Control I
IITN 4107   PLC Fundamentals & Programming
IITN 4108   Pneumatics and Hydraulics
IITN 5100   Work Experience
IITN 5106   Process Measurement II
IITN 5107   Process Control II
IITN 5109   Analyzers
IITN 5110   DCS Fundamentals & Process Applications
MATH 1060   Applied Math I for Technicians
MATH 1066   Applied Math II for Technicians
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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